Why Nigeria?


Federal Republic of Nigeria, commonly called Nigeria is a beautiful country, rich in culture and resources. Nigeria is the most populous country in Africa, the population is estimated to be almost 200 million; Nigeria comprises of 36 states, the capital is Abuja. Although multiple languages are spoken in Nigeria, the official language is English.

Most of the economic growth in Nigeria is driven by agriculture, telecommunications and services. I believe Nigeria has an emerging market for numerous industries such as fashion, entertainment, technology and tourism. With greater opportunities for us millennials than ever before, Nigeria has a bright future internationally.

Innovative medical practise and research is far from a new occurrence on the African continent, with advances in technology and medical research, medicine in Nigeria is improving and gaining greater international attention. These are a few examples of Nigeria’s success:

On 20thOctober 2014 the World Health Organisation declared Nigeria free from the Ebola virus transmission. Outbreaks occurred in Lagos (the largest city in Africa) and Port Harcourt in July-August 2014 after a Liberian traveller infected with Ebola brought the virus to Lagos on 20thJuly 2014. Successful eradication was due to prompt action and leadership, effective contact tracing, public health campaigns and support from other organisations. Nigerian healthcare has had many other successes such as the eradication of Guinea Worm Disease in 2014, over many years Nigeria had the greatest number of cases worldwide, out of 3.5 million cases 650,000 cases occurred in Nigeria.

Cervical and breast cancer screening is increasing in the country, greater efforts are seen in all forms of industry to promote women’s health. The fashion and entertainment industry eagerly support this movement of breast and cervical cancer awareness.

Fly Doctors of Nigeria is Nigeria’s first air ambulance service, transporting patients from rural to urban settings for specialist healthcare. There are 20 aircrafts and 47 members of staff including 44 doctors; Fly Doctors of Nigeria was established in 2007 by Dr Olamide Orekunrin, a British born Nigerian.

Like many African countries Nigeria has further to go in ensuring equal access to quality healthcare, reducing maternal and perinatal morbidity and mortality, national security, social housing, education and economic development. These are opportunities for us to make a difference. To make a positive sustainable change.

So why not Nigeria!? A medical elective in Nigeria will not just broaden your medical experience but will also amaze you with the Nigerian cuisine, hospitality, climate and adventures.

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Staying Safe – Vaccinations & Antimalarials

Most medical schools or hospitals have clear guidelines on the vaccinations they expect their students or employees to have received. Therefore I would advise you to look at the guidelines of the medical school/hospital/other medical environment you belong to and those of your desired elective location.

I’d advise the following vaccinations: Cholera, Diphtheria, Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Meningococcal Meningitis, Poliomyelitis, Rabies, Tetanus, Typhoid, Yellow Fever (Yellow Fever certificate is required at the airport and will need to be shown at passport control)

There are a variety of anti-malarials available, some more specific for Nigeria, its important you receive advice from a doctor or pharmacist before making a purchase. Make sure you are fully aware of the course for the specific antimalarial you have chosen, side effects and drug interactions if you are taking other medication.

Once you know what antimalarial you would like to buy consider buying the generic medication rather than the brand name – this will save you money! You can also calculate the exact number of tablets you need (included before and after travel needs) so you won’t have left over medication.

It may also be helpful for you to purchase some anti-emetics, anti-diarrhoeal, simple analgesia (such as paracetamol) and antihistamines. Getting diarrhoea within the first few days of arriving in Nigeria because your GI system is getting used to the pepper, leaf soups and heat is not the best welcome gift!!

Other resources (mostly relevant to the UK, so please look for the equivalent for your country):

If you have any medical or mental health conditions, seek medical advice from your local doctor before making any definitive plans or payments towards your Nigerian elective.

All medications should be purchased after a medical consultation and with a prescription. All medications should be used as prescribed by your medical practitioner.

Please contact me if you have any questions, I might be of help!

How to Raise Money For A Medical Placement?

As a student doctor (and potential student doctor) you have developed skills and acquired knowledge that can benefit many people around you, you do not have to travel to the other side of the globe to have a positive impact! It is amazing the opportunities you have as student doctors to support the health of our local community and other communities around the world. A medical elective placement is part of almost all medical degrees around the world, and once you have found what you would like to spend your time doing, the next step is to source some funding!

How are you going to raise the money for this!?

Here are a few suggestions:

1.       Search for grants, bursaries (and low-interest loans) offered by your medical school, college, university, local authority, charities, businesses, etc.

2.       Go Fund Me – although, to really get people (and strangers) to part with their hard earned money, you really need to:

a.       Clearly layout the purpose of your fundraising and show a breakdown of your costs

b.      Justify why you are deserving of their donation.

c.       Explain how this experience will truly benefit not just yourself but the community you are going to help.

d.      Demonstrate your own personal efforts to raising money i.e. part-time work, etc.

e.      Consider, the evidence will you be able to share with your supporters, i.e. a written report, weekly blog post, pictures and videos, etc. See this as a ‘thank you’ for their support.

3.       Part-time work for several weeks/months.

4.       Create an eBay account an sell unwanted items and new products.

5.       Auction or sell you gifts/talents/skills with in your community (i.e. family, university, church, etc); i.e. put on a small talent show; offer to baby sit, do household chores; cake sales, car boot sales, etc. for an hourly wage.

 

These are just a few of our suggestions; please help others out by commenting in the comment box below if you have any other ideas too! If you have instructions or a secret formula, even better! Lol

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Medics’ Inn

When you are in Abuja, these are the places to visit! Part 1

When you are in Abuja Nigeria, consider exploring these places!

Gurara falls

“This impressive waterfall, an hour’s drive from Abuja, is 30 metres tall with a span of up to 200 metres across, dependent on the season. There are two main streams of water crashing over the cliff face, however during the height of rainy season the whole cliff face is engulfed by a formidable curtain of white water.

The Gurara river is a large tributary of the famous River Niger and is most impressive after the rainy season when the water becomes a raging torrent while in January, during the dry season and when water levels are low, there are clear pools at the bottom of the falls in which visitors can swim.

As well as being an area of outstanding natural beauty the area surrounding Gurara Waterfall is also a fantastic place for bird watching.”

Guara falls

Source: My Destination

Photo Credit: Visit Abuja

Millennium Park

“Millennium Park Abuja is the largest of the green areas and parks in Abuja covering a land area of about 32 hectares. It is located in the Maitama district of the federal capital territory. The Millennium park was commissioned in December 2003 by Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom.”

Source: Abuja-ng

Millenium Park Abuja

Photo Credit: Travel Start Blog

Yankari Park and Wikki Warm Springs

“Yankari Park and Wikki Warm Springs are located around the Gagi River, approximately one and a half hours by road, southeast of Bauchi Town. The best time to visit is between November and May, when tourists are likely to see more game since the dense vegetation has dried out and the animals congregate around the rivers. The reserve habours over 50 wide range of prized indigenous wildlife, including Baboons, Monkeys, Warthogs, Hippopotamuses, Lions, Elephants and Leopards.Other animals include Buffalo, Gannet, Roan antelope, Bubal Hartebeest and spotted Hyena in addition to African hunting Dogs, Cheetahs, western Kobs, red-fronted Gazelles, Waterbucks, Grimm’s Dockers, Oribi and red-fl anked Dockers. The reserve also hosted more than 350 species of indigenous birds, 26 species of fish, 7 amphibians and 17 species of reptiles.”

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About 7-8 hours drive form Abuja, so head out early!

Source & Photo Credit: The Green White Green

Usuma Lake/Usuma Dam

Usuma Lake

Photo Credit: Sky Scraper City

Golf at the IBB Golf Course

“ General Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida, as the then Head of State relocated the Federal Capital from Lagos to Abuja, which could not boast of a golf club. As a result, many key Officers of the government, who were of course avid golfers, desert the City at short notices to Lagos to enjoy their game of golf. In order to solve this problem of unusual trips to Lagos to play golf, the idea of providing a befitting golf course in the City was conceived by then Col. John Nanzip Shagaya with Alhaji Kazaure, Chief C. A. Mbanefo, C. N. Chigbo, B. I. Eze, O. O. Odunuga Nana H. Aliyu and S. O. Jones. The golf course concept was packaged and presented to General Babginda, who as a lover of the game enthusiastically approved it.

The categories of members of the club include ordinary, honorary, overseas, corporate and junior members. It has Ladies and Lawn tennis sections and regular Wednesday and Sunday kitties apart from other small and big tournaments that are organized frequently by the club and outsiders. The club also regularly organizes public lectures on various issues to keep its members abreast of current national and international issues. The club has a well equipped workshop and modern clubhouse with a pro-shop, two standard car parks, six locker rooms for males and females, administrative offices and standard Bar/Restaurant managed by the popular Sheraton Hotel and Towers.”

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Source & Photo Credit: IBB Golf Club

Carnival

“Abuja carnival is a yearly program that hold in Abuja, the capital of Nigeria most in the month of November. It feature road shows, musics, cultural dances, masquerades, durbar and lots more with participants from all the states of Nigeria. It’s a great occasion and has spectators from around the globe.”

Source: Abuja-ng

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Photo Credit: African Spotlight

Art Galleries

There are numerous art galleries to be inspired and entertained by!

Look out for part 2 and 3! Please tell us in the comment box below where you would encourage others to visit!

Obafemi Awolowo University, Nigeria

Obafemi Awolowo University is a government owned and operated university in Osun state, Nigeria. The teaching hospitals of Obafemi Awolowo University consists of Ife State Hospital, the Wesley Guild Hospital Ilesha, comprehensive health centres and laboratories. Medical research here has led to international medical advancement, for example, the work at OAU has contributed to our global understanding of agents used in the management of sickle cell disease.

 

Here are a few useful links:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Obafemi_Awolowo_University#Medical_and_health_facilities

http://www.oauife.edu.ng/

Medical School in Nigeria – A Small Comparison

The traditional format of medical school in the UK, is quite similar to medical school in Nigeria.

On average, a medical degree requires 6 years of undergraduate study of Medicine. First year is in the Faculty of Science, students study the basic sciences i.e. Biology, Physics and Chemistry. In second and third year, students go on to learn anatomy, physiology and biochemistry. The remaining 3 years are spent in the clinical environment at a Teaching Hospital for students to be taught General Surgery, Pathology, Paediatrics, Obstetrics and Gynaecology, etc…

Most often, there are 4 important written exams, these are commonly referred to as MB exams. One occurs at the end of the second year, one after the fourth year, one after the fifth year and the last exam after the sixth year.
This is a simplified overview of undergraduate medical education in Nigeria, variations are expected between medical schools.

Please comment below with your suggestions and questions, or contact us directly.

The College of Medicine Univeristy of Ibadan, Nigeria

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The College of Medicine at the University of Ibadan is often said to be the top medical institute in Nigeria. The University of Ibadan has made a significant impression on medicine and medical advancement in Africa. Research and clinical placements at The College of Medicine are highly sought, internationally. The College has close links with international institutions, such as Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, USA.

Here are a few useful links:

 

The College of Medicine University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Nigeria

University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Nigeria

Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, USA